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Ghost Zane is the most recent work from underground film maker Jimmy Joe Roche. As displayed by Ghost Zane, Jimmy Joe Roche is a true auteur that could be compared to film-maker Kenneth Anger due to the frequency of occult themes in his films. Like his other films, Ghost Zane presents ambiguous visual content within the framework of a linear narrative. Although events within the narrative proceed in a sequential fashion, the imagery within the work is highly surreal and it should not be always taken literally.
In addition, the visuals of Ghost Zane are raw and unapologetic in that they seem to confidently present unadorned and somewhat unsettling imagery. For instance, Roche often blatantly inserts symbols and practices that are often associated with the occult such as pentagrams, sacrificial rituals and images of Baphomet (an androgynous goat-headed supernatural being with wings that is often associated with the dark arts or those who reject Christianity). While the iconography associated with the occult might be disturbing to some viewers, the potency of this content is diluted due to Roche’s highly saturated color palette, and his illogical usage of stock video footage.
Ghost Zane also combines the audio work of electronic musician and performance artist Dan Deacon, a long-time contributor to Roche’s films. Due to Deacon’s dark synth-based beats and his affinity towards the absurd, his audio work blends seamlessly within the bizarre milieu that is Ghost Zane.
30 Days: 30 Shorts is a massive animation undertaking executed by Australian animator Adam Phillips. Phillips emerged as an independent animator in 2004 after a lengthy stint at Disney. Within his freelance career, Phillips has created the majority of his work through the use of Adobe's Flash application. Phillips has gained an extensive fan base though his Brackenwood series and other animated shorts such as Taken (2005) and HitchHiker (2001). Within the 30 Days: 30 Shorts series, Phillips has created thirty self contained animations within a thirty day time-span. While, each animation within the project is roughly eleven seconds long, each short clearly exemplifies the black humor and the fluid animation that Phillips is known for.
Pee-NUT is a traditional stop animation piece created by American animator PES. PES gained instant notoriety with his first animated short, Roof Sex (2002). Like Roof Sex, Pee-NUT imaginatively utilizes inanimate objects to depict a familiar activity. Through his use of exaggerate d sound effects combined with surreal and often perverse imaginary, it is clear that PES has been influenced by Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer, the director of the stop-animated classic feature Alice (1988). However unlike Švankmajer, a great deal of PES’s work can be readily available within the realm of popular culture due to his commercial work, for media mammoths such as Nike, Bacardi and Diesel jeans.
Rabbit November 13, 2006 6:26 PM
Director - Run Wrake
Rabbit is an animated short created by British-born animator and illustrator Run Wrake. Wrake attained notoriety through his quirky commercial work for NME magazine and MTV. While not targeted towards children, Rabbit utilizes classic fairy tale structure and visuals reminiscent of 1950’s children’s books to deliver an allegorical narrative that alludes to man’s futile attempt to control forces that are ultimately uncontrollable.
This puzzle game requires you to draw a path that is then used to navigate a ball through tons of challenging levels. The game is nicely polished and has a balance between planning your path and then dragging obstacles out of the way of the ball.
Use your mouse as a fan to blow your hot air balloon to safety. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Nitrome has a large catalog of innovative titles such as Rolypoly & Scribble. Hot Air exemplifies their development style, gameplay that understands browser based gaming, level based progress, and pixel graphics containing the ghosts of a 16bit era.
Designed in Italy by Gionatan Iasio, WarBears is a clever puzzle game, in which you command a task force of cute little bear commandos. Each member of your task force has their own unique special skillset. WarBears is not an easy game, but the sublet attention to detail and witty sense of humor rewards you at every corner.
Play a squirrel while scaling rooftops and window sills. All while collecting cherries & cup cakes. The subtle animations and pleasing music will touch you in that special place, found deep in side the concept you have of your own personal soul.